Re-stocked: Sylph from Jade Sapphire

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Jade Sapphire’s exquisite Sylph yarn is a delectable blend of cashmere and linen. The unexpected combination creates a soft and airy fabric that is both rustic and delicate with interesting texture and beautiful drape.  A perfect choice for wraps, scarves, and light weight garments!

13 colourways available in-store and online here.

Why not try it with our free Aisé wrap pattern?

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Elegant and minimalist,  Aisé is a lovely all-season accessory.  Equally at home in formal or casual settings, this luxurious wrap is ideal for use in air conditioned offices and out and about on early spring days and cool summer evenings.

Pattern available in both English and French.

Click here to access download.

- Melissa

Re-stocked: Digital Row Counters & Jumbo Snap ‘n Go Cases

DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Purchase in store or online here.

SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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Jumbo-sized Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

Purchase in store or online here.

- Melissa

Project idea: Mira’s Cowl

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After seeing a version of this cowl that  I had knit for myself in a very predictable (for me) shade of brown, a friend requested one for her birthday in this stunning plum / ultraviolet colourway. Although it’s not a colour I would have chosen personally (let’s face it, I’m all about the neutrals) now that it’s finished I can’t tell you how much I love it! So much so, I’m actually very sad to be parting with it this afternoon.  As soon as I can finish up some of the WIPs piling up around me, I may have to cast on another for myself.  Mira’s Cowl is a perfectly simple halo of colour that is lofty and warm and light enough to be worn indoors. A gorgeous accessory ideally knit with a coveted skein of hand-dyed fingering-weight yarn paired with a coordinating strand of something soft and fuzzy. For this luxury version I paired Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Fingering (cashmere/silk/merino) with Rowan’s ever-popular Kidsilk Haze (silk/mohair).

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here and here to browse or purchase these yarns in our new online store!

- Melissa

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Stephen & Steven Tour: Wrap-up

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Stephen and Steven and the Espace Tricot team just before opening our doors for the first trunk show (L-R: Stephanie, Samantha, Giovanna (front), Stephen West, Lisa, Steven Berg, myself (Melissa), and Mona).

While in the final stages of launching our online store last week, blog posting (well, everything, really) necessarily took a back-seat. Things have slowed down somewhat (just a moderately frantic pace now) and I’ve managed to go through our photos and select a few to give you a sense of our whirlwind weekend with Stephen West and Steven Berg.  What a treat these guys were. As nice as they are talented and flamboyant, the Steph(v)ens delivered on their promise to inspire and motivate our knitters. Feedback on their trunk shows and classes was overwhelmingly positive and the message we heard again and again was that these events encouraged many to want to relax with their knitting and take new opportunities to express their own personal creativity.  We saw renewed interest in experimentation – playing with colour, needle sizes, and gauges – and in embracing new ideas and approaches. So many went home and looked at their stashes with new eyes and new ideas and told us that their heads were spinning with possibilities. And they were not alone. We, too, are feeling re-energized and are already thinking of ways to change up our current projects to create our own unique interpretations of existing patterns – we call it the “Stephen and Steven effect”.

Huge thanks  to the Steph(v)ens and to our wonderful customers who participated with interest, enthusiasm, and open minds. We had a ball!

- Melissa & Lisa

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The Steph(v)ens with Espace Tricot regulars and their gorgeous Silk ‘n Scribbles shawls!

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Sunday morning Top-Down Shawl Workshop.

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Wowing the crowd with gorgeous samples at one of two trunk shows.

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Education and entertainment :-)

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Stephen West modeling my current obsession – the Color Craving shawl (I’ve just chosen my SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine colours for this one) – and Steven Berg wearing / holding our Silk ‘n Scribbles store samples!

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Assistance from the Master.

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Stephen holding court.

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Samantha wearing her nearly-finished Fringed shawl – a pattern by Stephen West. Just missing the, um, fringe :-)

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Fondling the gorgeous tour yarns.

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- Melissa

 

 

New in store: Espace Tricot totes!

et_tote Oh, how we’d love it if you showed your love for Espace Tricot with one of our pretty new totes! These sturdy, 100% recycled cotton bags are the perfect companion for grocery shopping, daily errands and, most importantly, carrying your knitting and crochet projects. Seams and stress points are double stitched for durability and bags are printed in the USA.

Available in-store and here!

- Melissa

Pssst….it’s live!

When we opened our doors 5 years ago, we never anticipated that it would take so long to launch our online store. Really, how hard could it be?  The answer, we’ve learned, is ridiculously hard.  We’re so happy and relieved to send our baby out into the world now and would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to all the people who helped us along the way – our amazing photographer, Robert Viau, our programmer extraordinaire (on speed-dial!), Shyam Ramani, and Stephanie and Françoise who assisted with workflow management and translation. Apparently, it takes a village to raise a website too. :-)

Visit us at www.espacetricot.com and enjoy!!

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- Melissa 

Inspirationally Renewed

This is how I feel after a weekend with Stephen and Steven. It was much fun, if you were there I hope you enjoyed it also!

Looking with a fresh view at my stash, I got out some yarn I have had no plan for but found something to do with – and knitting something I wanted for a while now!

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It’s the Marshmallow Pouf by Drops.

I am using 5 strands of Lopi on a 15 mm (US 19) needle to get the gauge of 5 sts/4″. It is huge, it is getting heavy and I yet have to find something to stuff it with, but I am sure I’ll be very happy with the result. I do not have enough of any colour in my stash, so I’ll be varying the colour combo as I go. I might even have to use some Lett Lopi to fill in some gaps…

I am embracing the “YES Knitter” in me!!

Are you looking at your stash with new eyes? Finding possibilities you haven’t seen before your Stephen and Steven experience?

Don’t forget, have something bright and something sparkly in your knitting bag for emergencies…  ;-)

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Are They Going To Freeze?

Indeed, that is the question that was and is running through my head whenever I am thinking about the big event this weekend with Stephen and Steven. Somehow I feel this winter has been extraordinarily harsh, and the snow that fell last night just enhances my conviction. Really, I wanted to crawl under my blanket and stay there all day when I heard that there was more snow.

You might be wondering why it feels like I am complaining about winter – I live in Montreal, after all. Well, every year about this time I am getting thoroughly sick of the snow, and also of the arctic air that seems to have made our lives miserable for so long this year. On the bright side: Look at the Maritimes. They got it way worse!

Did you see Melissa’s Silk’N Scribbles here and maybe you’ve been to the store and saw Lisa’s version? Here is my own – after seeing how it turned out I could not resist. And, after knitting a few of Stephen West designs I thought it only right to knit a StevenBe!

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I think I need to make tassels, don’t you agree that it really asks for tassels? BTW, there are some kits left should you feel tempted like I did!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for the events happening this weekend! Two days of entertainment, learning and lots of fun with Stephen and Steven – let’s just hope they are not going to freeze…

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Back in stock: Marblz & Knit Blockers

KNITTEr’s PRIDE MARBLZ INTERCHANGEABLE NEEDLE SET

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The Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Circular Needle Set is back in stock.  Marblz are lightweight and smooth yet exceptionally strong and durable. Acrylic is skillfully hand-mixed  to produce unique colors and patterns making each needle tip in this set a work of art.  The needles boast pointy tips, smooth joins, and a comfortable surface that provides just the right amount of ‘grab’ to allow for easy handling of slippery yarns.  Presented in a special black & white box which shows off the beauty of these needles, the set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11, (3.5 mm through 8.0 mm) four cables in lengths of 24”, (2) – 32” & 40”, a needle gauge, and a set of cord connectors.

KNIT BLOCKERS

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An original idea guaranteed to make blocking your knitted projects easier!  Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers significantly speed up the blocking process and help maintain even tension across a wider area than individual pins. Ideal for blocking on straight edges like sweaters, shawls and scarves.  Made using tough plastic with sturdy, rust resistant stainless steel pins embedded along one side. Designed by knitters for knitters!

- Melissa

Please note: Store will be closed during trunk shows this weekend

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Photo taken outside the Knitter’s Edge last week in Pennsylvania! :-)

As many of you know, we will be hosting Stephen (West) and StevenBe (Berg) this weekend as part of their winter tour and we couldn’t be more excited. We have tried to organize events outside store hours as much as possible but please be advised that we will need to be closed to the general public on Saturday, February 14th between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm and Sunday, February 15th between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm  (Note: trunk show begins at 12:30 on Sunday) to accommodate the ticket-holding trunk show audience. We will open promptly thereafter!

For class and trunk show participants, please try to arrive as close to your event starting times as possible – not too early. There will be wild amounts of set up and take-down going on as we prepare for each session and we will not be able to open our doors until just before events are scheduled to begin (i.e. 5 – 10 minutes).

We encourage you all to visit Stephen and Steven’s Facebook page dedicated to the tour to get an idea of the fun and creative weekend this promises to be!

- Melissa

New store sample: Early Autumn

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Early Autumn by Cello Knits is a beautiful infinity cowl which is knitted in the round and then finished with Kitchener stitch for a seamless, double layered, effect.  Despite the double-thickness of the Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk, this piece is light and lofty, and ever so soft – like a fluffy cloud has settled around your neck.  A straightforward and enjoyable pattern for a perfect cozy halo of warmth.

All 14 colours of Brushed Alpaca Silk currently in stock.

Visit our Ravelry page for additional photos and project details!

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- Melissa

New store sample: Silk ‘N Scribbles

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Silk ‘ N Scribbles by StevenBe (Steven Berg) is a fabulously easy and effective wrap / scarf that can be paired with anything from a light sweater to a blouse or t-shirt  for a little added wardrobe drama.  Knit with 10 mm needles, this works up quickly alternating a superbulky yarn with a thinner sport weight equivalent for contrast. I knit this one on the weekend using Madelinetosh ASAP and Maiden Hair from Handmaiden Fine Yarns but last week Lisa knit up a gorgeous version combining ASAP with Alchemy Yarn’s Tweedy and Silken Straw held together.  Her version has been so popular with customers we decided to create several kits for easy shopping!  Apart from it’s stunning good looks, the true beauty of this pattern lies in the fact that it lends itself well to a wide range of yarn substitutions provided that the relative weights are more or less the same.  Think stash-busting!

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

If you’re joining us this weekend for a class or trunk show with Steven Berg and Stephen West and decide to knit one of these up – be sure to bring it along. I’m sure StevenBe will be thrilled to see all your versions :-)

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- Melissa

Learn to make a hat!

Class begins tomorrow – still a few spaces left!  Call us 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot.


CLASSIC CUFFED HAT WITH POM-POM (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6 pm – 8 pm, February 8, 15, 22 / 18h à 20h, les 8, 15, 22 février

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The Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho is the perfect project for anyone who has never knit a hat but would like to learn.  In this class you will learn to cast on and join in the round, knit in the round with circular and double pointed needles (or with the magic loop method), two ways to decrease, and how to make a pom-pom. You can also choose to use a fur pom-pom instead. If you have some time to knit at home between the classes, you will easily have a finished product at the end of the course. Required materials:  164 (baby version) – 328 (adult version) yards of worsted weight yarn, 3.75mm/US5 circular 16inch needles, 4mm/US7 circular 16 inch needles and 4mm/US7 double pointed needles (or sizes needed to obtain gauge). Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl.

Free pattern Friday: Heirloom Chevron Throw

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(Photo: Fancy Tiger Crafts)

This gorgeous graphic Heirloom Chevron Throw by Jocelyn Tunney is the perfect decorative (and functional!) addition to any living room or bedroom. Simply knit in garter stitch using a series of decreases and increases, it works up surprisingly quickly on 6 mm needles. The throw is an ample size for two (52″ x 74″) but is easily downsized for a smaller lap blanket.  We think this is a perfect project for Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted (62 colours in stock!) – choose 6 of your favourite coordinating colours to blend or add punch to your decor and then settle in for some true comfort knitting.

- Melissa

 

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Random on a cold Thursday

The mitten liners are growing slowly. I have been distracting myself with other projects, so it is my own fault that I still cannot line my mittens. One of my distractions was the Garter Gaiter – so squishy and cushy, I just could not resist knitting it up myself.

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Madelinetosh ASAP in Grasshopper and Silver Fox.

Have you heard of the big event next weekend yet? If your are a regular blog reader, it is not news to you, I am guessing. We are very excited to welcome Stephen and Steven to the shop and to have them teach as well as entertain us with two trunk shows! I think there are some spaces left in the trunk shows, so if you want to meet them give us a call for a ticket.

Which reminds me that I do want to block my “Exploration Station” before the big event, so I will be able to wear it.

You can imagine that I, as an avid sock knitter, possess a lot of double pointed needles. A lot in the same size even. Then we got the addi FlipStix in. Will you believe me when I confess that I am still pondering getting a set? I think I might like them a lot. A feeling that crept up on me after trying them on Sam’s knitting.

I have chosen my colors for the “3 Color Cashmere Cowl” I blogged about. I wanted to use yarn from my stash, and I managed to find a combo that I like.

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Madelinetosh Tosh Light in Grey Garden, Edison Bulb and Antler.

I haven’t started knitting yet, because I want to finish a few projects that have been lingering first. Soon!

Random, as promised.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

Free pattern Friday: Traverso Due

 

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Traverso Due by Regina Moessmer is a gorgeous, wide scarf / shawl that’s a breeze to knit and will lend casual yet sophisticated style to all your outfits! Alternating diagonal panels of loosely knit stockinette and reverse stockinette provide luscious texture which will work well with just about any lighter weight yarn choice. The suggested gauge is 17sts with two laceweight yarns held together. You could also opt to knit this with fingering or sport weight, or like the version below, use a heavier mohair blend for a larger version.  I’m leaning towards Shibui Pebble stranded with Silk Cloud, Isager Tvinni stranded with Rowan Kidsilk Haze, or Drops Alpaca Silk. Decisions, decisions!

- Melissa

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Upcoming classes

We still have a few spots left in these two great classes beginning early February :-)
Feel free to call in and reserve your space by credit card – 514 486-5648.


GARMENT CLASS / ATELIER VÊTEMENT (Bilingual Class)

Instructor: Giovanna Clementi
$150 for five 2-hour sessions / 150 $ pour cinq séances de 2 heures
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1
18h à 20h, les 4, 18
février, 4, 18 mars, 1 avril

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Do you have a project you want to knit but are nervous to cast on because you feel it might be beyond you? Whether it’s a shrug, sweater, jacket, or wrap, this class is designed to support you from start to finish. You select your own pattern and yarn and the instructor will walk you through every step of your project from the perfect cast on to proper finishing. If you’ve already knit a garment, why not take this opportunity to take on a new, more difficult, challenge? Prerequisites: Must have completed some smaller projects such as hats or mittens. Required materials: Your choice of pattern, plus the appropriate yarn and needles.

Vous avez envie de tricoter un vêtement mais vous ne savez pas par où commencer? Ce cours vous permettra d’obtenir de l’aide du début jusqu’à la fin de votre projet, que ce soit un boléro, un pull, une veste, ou même un châle. Vous choisirez d’abord votre patron et votre laine, puis le professeur vous fournira l’aide nécessaire à chaque étape de votre projet. Si vous avez déjà réalisé un vêtement mais vous désirez vous perfectionner, voici une excellente occasion d’entreprendre un projet plus avancé. Prérequis : connaissances de base, avoir déjà terminé quelques projets de tricot (des tuques, des mitaines). Fournitures : choix personnelle de patron, laine et aiguilles à tricoter.


TRICOT 102 (Bilingual Class)

Instructor: Giovanna Clementi
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
9 am – 11 am, February 9, 16, 23
9h à 11h, les 9, 16, 23
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In this class, you will be introduced to various knitting techniques and provided with tips and tricks used by advanced knitters e.g. different methods of increasing, decreasing, casting on, and binding off; buttonholes; picking up dropped stiches; working in the round, and much more. Required materials: Yarn of your choice (main color and at least one contrasting color), needles (dpns or circular, and one pair of regular needles), a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, a few stitch markers and a note pad. Pre-requisites: Tricot 101 / or you’re an advanced beginner

Dans ce cours, je vous présenterai différentes façons de tricoter et vous donnerai des petits trucs utilisés par les experts. Nous couvrirons : des méthodes variées pour faire les augmentations, les diminutions, pour monter et fermer les mailles; comment faire des boutonnières, reprendre des mailles, tricoter en rond, et plus encore. Matériel requis : Fil de votre choix (couleur de base et au moins une couleur contrastante), aiguilles à tricoter (aiguilles à double-pointe ou circulaire, et une paire d’aiguilles régulières), un crochet, une aiguille à tapisserie, des anneaux marqueurs et un calepin de notes. Pré requis : Tricot 101 / ou savoir tricoter

Trying To Keep Warm

It is cold here in Montreal. D’uh, you think, it is the end of January – of course it is cold. So all you can do is trying to keep warm. With hats, scarves and mittens. Like the Basic Mittens I wrote a pattern for last winter.

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They are great mittens. I do like them a lot – once I got around to knit a pair for myself and wear them, I mean.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that when it is -18 degrees centigrade they are not warm enough. Not at all. That needed a solution. And Sock yarn. And very small double pointed nedles.

Now let’s start this:

How to knit a mitten liner.

Like these:

Those are Melissa’s. You could have a pair, too. (Though you do have to knit them yourself)

Mitten Liner:

You want to have your mitten handy when knitting these. They help you to know how long to knit the different parts.

This will be my pair.

With 2 mm needles CO 64 sts. Distribute them evenly onto dpns and close to round, careful not to twist sts. Knit until piece measures about 1″ longer than your mitten from edge to where the thumb starts. (to measure, unroll the edge.)

For right hand mitten:

Next rnd: K11, then place these sts onto holder, work to end of rnd.

At beg of next rnd, CO 11 sts with backward loop method, work to end of rnd. Work until piece measures same length as mitten just before the top decreases start.

Next (dec) rnd: If you have knit a sock before, this will sound familiar. If not, here goes: *On needle 1, k1, ssk, then work to end. Needle 2, work to last three stitches, k2tog, k1. Repeat from * on needle 3 and 4.

Work 2 rnds even.

Next rnd: Repeat decrease round.

Work 1 rnd even.

Repeat last 2 rnds until there are 8 sts left on each needle, then repeat decrease rnd every rnd until there are 4 sts left on each needle. Graft stitches together.

Thumb: Place 11 sts from holder onto needle. Knit 11, pick up and knit 1 sts into gap between sts and cast-on edge, pick up and and knit 11 from cast-on edge, pick up and knit 1 more st from gap 24 sts.

Work until thumb is 1/2″ shorter than thumb of your mitten.

Next (dec) rnd: *k1, ssk, k7, k2tog; rep from * once more – 20 sts. Knit 1 rnd.

Next (dec) rnd: *k1, ssk, k5, k2tog; rep from * once more – 16 sts. Knit 1 rnd.

Next (dec) rnd: *k1, ssk, k3, k2tog; rep from * once more – 12 sts. Knit 1 rnd.

Next (dec) rnd: *k1, ssk, k1, k2tog; rep from * once more – 8 sts.

Graft remaining sts together.

For left hand mitten work as for right hand, but place last 11 stitches of rnd on needle.

Weave in ends. Steam block lightly.

Wear inside your Basic Mittens to keep your hands toasty.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

New store samples: Less is More & Garter Gaiter

Less is More

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A simple, asymmetrical, sideways knit shawl just perfect for a lovely hand-dyed fingering weight yarn. We contemplated changing the moss stitch sections to garter but are so glad we didn’t. The moss stitch provides a more subtle texture which gives the fabric a beautiful sophistication and drape. As hoped, Freia’s new Refined Fingering Merino Silk yarn is a dream to knit with – incredibly soft with just the right amount of structure (18 colourways in stock).

Click here for additional photos and details on our Ravelry project page.

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 Garter Gaiter

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A quick and cozy cowl with a strong sense of style! A very simple, knit-in-the-round pattern with a dramatic two-tone effect. We chose to knit this up with two skeins of  A.S.A.P. – a luscious new single-ply merino from Madelinetosh – and are very happy with the soft, lofty fabric. Can be worn alone or, for a closer fit, with a shawl stick or pin. We opted for a black leather closure from Jul Silver for some added “edge”.

We currently have a wide selection of Jul Silver closures and 38 colours of A.S.A.P. in stock!

Click here for additional photos and details on our Ravelry project page.

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- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Kiss Kiss Pouches

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(Photos: Keeia Hicks)

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away but there’s still time to knit these sweet little Kiss Kiss pouches by Keeia Hicks designed to hold chocolate kisses or some other token of your affection! They’re knit in fingering weight yarn but are easily up-sized with heavier yarn and bigger needles.  These would be lovely in various combinations of Koigu, Freia, or Mille Colori Baby colourways.

- Melissa

The Ultimate Skill-Builder

Our Building Blocks Afghan course gets underway on Saturday, January 31st! This course provides an invaluable opportunity to develop your skills in a systematic and manageable way with 12 different block patterns, each designed to teach a new technique.  See details below.

Still some spaces available.  Call 514 486-5648 to reserve your spot with credit card.

BUILDING BLOCKS AFGHAN – INTENSIVE – (12-sessions / Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault
$336 for twelve 2-hour sessions /336 $ pour douze séances de 2 heures
9 am – 11 am, January 31 / February 7, 21, 28 / March 7, 28 / April 4, 11, 18, 25 / May 2, 9
9h à 11h, 31 janvier / 7, 21, 28 février / 7, 28 mars / 4, 11, 18, 25 avril / 2, 9 mai

class_building_blocksFor confident beginners and more experienced knitters seeking to improve and build on their skill levels
Building Blocks is designed to help knitters navigate through the major knitting skills, techniques and principles. Each of the 12 block patterns included in the course isolates a new skill. Knitters master each technique before moving to a more advanced concept. All of the techniques are supported with FREE online video instruction to guarantee success.  At the end of the series, the knitter is rewarded with an abundance of knitting know-how and 12 beautiful squares to assemble into a sampler afghan.
Required materials: Building Blocks pattern book (available in English only) and approximately 1400 yards of aran or worsted weight yarn
Minimum of 8 students required. Maximum of 12.

Pour débutants audacieux ou tricoteurs(euses) plus expérimenté(e)s désirant améliorer leurs habiletés.
Cet assemblage de carrés permet de se familiariser avec les principales habiletés, techniques et notions de tricot. Le patron de chacun des 12 carrés fourni dans le cours vise à développer une nouvelle habileté. Les élèves maîtrisent chaque technique avant de passer à une autre plus complexe. Une vidéo GRATUITE  sur chaque technique est également disponible. À la fin de la série, l’élève est récompensé par de vastes connaissances en tricot et 12 magnifiques carrés à assembler pour obtenir un plaid.
Matériel requis: manuel de patrons “Building Blocks” (disponible en anglais seulement) et environ 1 400 verges de fils de taille moyenne (“aran” ou “worsted”).
Minimum de 8 élèves requis, maximum de 12.

D’you know….?

That is the question I have to deal with at least 10 times a day – it seems more acute since my daughter started knitting. Yep, she did. About two weeks ago. Ever since then I get asked questions that are not really questions like

“D’you know that I really love Samantha’s yarn?”

“D’you know that I really love knitting?”

“D’you know that I looooove the yarn you gave me?”

Those are just samples of the apparent deep love for knitting my daughter has discovered. Well. The love of talking about knitting. And the love of accumulating knitterly things. And having a list of projects to the moon and back. Though I do have to admit that she knits a few stitches per day, sometimes even a row on the scarf she is working on now.

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I am thrilled.

Now, do you know that I am also not done talking about knitting?

Today we’re still working on the fine-tuning. This time we’re fine-tuning selvedge stitches. Or selvage stitches. (I do not know why there are two spellings, but if you encounter either of them, it is the same thing.)

When I knit a garment in pieces, I do not knit specific selvedge stitches, I keep the first and last stitch in stockinette – this makes seaming much easier.

The reason is that selvedge stitches only get knitted every second row, and otherwise you slip them. I do find that produces holes when seaming. Picking up stitches is also much easier if you have all the rows to work with and not only half. However if you have a piece of knitting that won’t be seamed (scarf, etc.) you might want to use a selvedge stitch.

When working a selvedge stitch starting with a knit stitch, you want to slip it knit wise with yarn in back (see, we’re kind of picking up where I left off) and work to the end of the row. If you slip this one purl wise it will be loose and does not look good, in short: it really does not do what it is supposed to do. So make sure you slip it knit wise.

If the first stitch is a purl stitch, you want to slip the stitch purl wise with yarn in front and then do whatever you do to the end of the row. I am not saying it is impossible to slip this one knit wise, but it sort of works against the knitting when you try to do that.

I hope this helps with cleaning up your edges – when you feel like it.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona